Author:
Shawn Moak, Amber Hoye, Mimi Fahnstrom
Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Level:
Middle School, High School, Community College / Lower Division, College / Upper Division
Tags:
  • Cool Sein
  • German
  • Grades
  • Grammar
  • Grammatik
  • Noten
  • School
  • Schule
  • Studium
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
    Language:
    English, German

    German Level 4, Activity 02: Schule and Studium / School and Studies (Face to Face)

    German Level 4, Activity 02: Schule and Studium / School and Studies (Face to Face)

    Overview

    Learning about and discusing U.S. school systems and German school systems.

    Activity Information

    Did you know that you can access the complete collection of Pathways Project German activities in our new Let’s Chat! German pressbook? View the book here: https://boisestate.pressbooks.pub/pathwaysgerman 

    Please Note: Many of our activities were created by upper-division students at Boise State University and serve as a foundation that our community of practice can build upon and refine. While they are polished, we welcome and encourage collaboration from language instructors to help modify grammar, syntax, and content where needed. Kindly contact pathwaysproject@boisestate.edu with any suggestions and we will update the content in a timely manner.

    School and Studies / Schule und Studium

    Description

    Learning about and discusing U.S. school systems and German school systems.

    Semantic Topics

    Schule and Studium, Cool Sein, School, Noten, Grades, Compare and Contrast Grammar, Grammatik Vergleichen und Gegenüberstellen,

    Products

    Video of education in Germany. Bildungsvideo in Deutschland

    Practices 

    Education in the U.S.  and Education in Germany. Bildung in den USA  und Bildung in Deutschland.

    Perspectives  

    Value attached to education in the United States and German speaking countries.  Wert auf Bildung in den USA und im deutschsprachigen Raum.

    NCSSFL-ACTFL World-Readiness Standards

    • Standard: 3.1 Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through German.
    • Standard: 2.2 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the cultures studied.

    Idaho State Content Standards 

    • Objective: CLTR 2.2  Describe the connections of products from the target culture with the practices and perspectives of the culture.
    • Objective: COMP 2.1 Identify, describe and compare/contrast products and their use in the target culture with the learners culture.

    NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements

    • I can express my opinions on the school system, university,  and professors.
    • I can reason through scenarios regarding school and university.
    • I can compare the similarities and differences between German and American schools.

    Materials Needed

    Warm-Up

    Ask the students the following discussion questions:

    Diskussionsfragen:

    • Was hält ihr von Homeschooling? (What do you think of Homeschooling?)
    • Was sind für euch akzeptabel Gründe Schule zu schwänzen? (What are acceptable reasons for you to skip school?)
    • Möchtet ihr ins Ausland studieren? Wo? (Do you want to study abroad?  Where?)
    • Würdet ihr unser Schulsystem in den USA positiv oder eher negativ beschreiben? Warum? (Would you describe our school system in the U.S. positively or rather negatively?  Why?)
    • Was findet ihr am schwierigsten bei dem Uni Leben? (What do you find most difficult about university life?)
    • Was macht eine/r gute Professor/in aus? (What makes a good professor?)
    • (If you had children, would you send them to private or mainstream schools?) Wenn ihr Kinder hättet, würdet ihr ihre Kinder auf eine Privatschule oder Regelschule schicken?
    • Seid ihr noch befreundet mit einem Freund aus eurer Schulzeit? Warum? Warum nicht? (Are you still friends with a friend from your school days?  Why?  Why not?)
    • In euer Schulzeit habt ihr Sachen gekauft, die “in”/Trends  waren?  (Uggs? Sillybandz? Pokemon Cards? etc.) (In your school days did you buy things that were “in”/trends?  (Uggs?  Sillybandz?  Pokemon Cards? Etc.))

    Main Activity

     Watch segment of Deutschlandlabor-Folge 1 Schule  (0:26-1:35)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3uatU-UH60The purpose isn’t necessarily to understand all of the facts that are given, but rather focus on what they are seeing-how does it compare?

    Wrap-Up

    ​​​​Ask students the following question(s) to finish the activity:

    • Wie sehen die Deutsche Schulen aus? (What do the German schools look like?)
    • Was sieht ähnlich? (What looks similar?)
    • Was sieht anders? (What looks different?)

    Cultural Resources

    Meet the Germans discuss the University System in Germany.  This is mostly  in English with German subtitles.

    End of Activity

    • Read Can-Do statements once more and have students evaluate
      their confidence.
      (Use thumbs up/thumbs down or download our student cards.)
    • Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation.
    • Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future activities!

    NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements

    • I can express my opinions on the school system, university,  and professors.
    • I can reason through scenarios regarding school and university.
    • I can compare the similarities and differences between German and American schools.